Just rode around town tonight for 20 mins. or so.... Haven't got to the highway stuff yet.
I think it went from a 2.69 final drive to a 2.87!?! Shouldn't be too bad on th highway, but it sure goes through the revs alot quicker!!
I dropped mine 1 on the front too,yeh it makes it easier to pull up,but the main thing i noticed is you can f**k it up changing gears on the rear wheel and it recovers easier so you can keep it up better.It doesn't affect your highway rpm/speed much,you'll hardly notice
Wouldn't this mod (smaller front sprocket) make the on/off throttle response (jerky exceleration and engine braking in 1st and 2nd gears) even worse. Wouldn't it make it unsafe to ride on cold tyres? Has your throttle response gone even more abrupt low down after this mod?
Raz, if it makes that much of a difference you should really work on being smooth... Changing the gearing will affect your responce and any surging you have, but if you have the bike setup correct and you are smooth on it. You should be fine.
Same as above..... My bike used to be really "jerky" throttle and handling, but I have it pretty much dialed in and I'm a little better with the throttle control too (which was most of the problem I'm sure).